Greg Egan — Australian Scientist born on August 20, 1961,

Greg Egan is an Australian science fiction writer... (wikipedia)

Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about the twentieth century.
A story in Asimov's is read by hundreds of thousands of people.
Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now. Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers; essentially, a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.
I don't have any structured grand plan; I just intend to keep writing about the things that interest me-some of which change, some of which don't.
I'm rarely grabbed by anything the way I was when I was 10 years younger. About the only relatively new artists whose albums I own are Beck, and They Might Be Giants.